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Oklahoma woman finishes third in world elk calling championships

It was a fluke that Lindsay Ross of Clayton discovered she could sound like a bugling elk.
BY ED GODFREY, Outdoors Editor, egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: February 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm •  Published: February 18, 2012
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It was a fluke that Lindsay Ross of Clayton discovered she could sound like a bugling elk.

Ross has been going with her boyfriend on elk hunts for the past two years, mostly just tagging along for the experience.

After one elk hunt in New Mexico last September, she was standing outside her travel trailer being ornery, she says, trying to annoy everyone else in camp by making elk sounds.

“I started making these really shrilly noises, like neighing like a horse, because that's how I called them in from the pasture when I was a kid,” Ross said.

She and everyone else in camp were surprised when a bull elk answered her.

“It kind of caught us off guard,” Ross said. “They were jokingly calling me Lindsay the locater around camp.”

Just four months after discovering her new talent, Ross finished third in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's World Elk Calling Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. She is the first Oklahoman to place in the event.

Ross competed in the natural voice division two weeks ago at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual expo and convention. She went to Las Vegas with no intention to enter the contest.

She was accompanying her boyfriend, Justin Jackson of Clayton, a longtime elk hunter and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation who planned to compete. But at the urging of others, she jumped in the contest at the last minute.

“I was thinking, ‘I hope I don't embarrass myself,' ” she said.

Instead, Ross won a muzzleloader and more than $700 of hunting gear.